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DeeAnn Spicer will give a talk followed by discussion at 4:30-5:30pm, Oddfellows 206, on Tuesday, February 28. 

Come hear about:

– the PIKSI program, the application process, its impact and resources

– Applying to graduate schools and how the experience in PIKSI is relevant for the process

– under-representation of minority groups and women in philosophy

Please see the attached poster and details below about PIKSI and the speaker.


On Wednesday, March 1, over lunch between 12:30-1:45pm, Campus Center, room 303 we will launch the Philosophy in Different Voices, an Allegheny faculty-student group for current students in the philosophy program and Allegheny students who are interested in philosophy. The initiative is aligned with the American Philosophical Association’s mission to promote and support undergraduate study in philosophy with “focus on undergraduate students from underrepresented groups interested in studying philosophy—including people of color, LGBTQ people, women, people with disabilities, and people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds”. The goals of the Allegheny group are: 1) providing mentoring and resources for students; 2) pairing new majors and minors with advanced students; 3) bridging curricular and co-curricular activities; and 4) giving faculty the opportunity to speak informally with students, share advice, and collaborate to create an inclusive learning community. The PIKSI event is part of this initiative and DeeAnn Spicer will join the conversation.


There will be a dinner reception in the Hoag Gallery at Tippie on Tuesday, February 28 from 6:00-8:00pm after the PIKSI event. If you would like to join the dinner reception after the PIKSI event and/or the Philosophy in Different Voices Lunch on Wednesday, March 1 at 12:30, please RVSP to Prof. Correm at:


These events are sponsored by the American Philosophical Association (APA), the Office for Diversity & Organizational Development’s Diversity Innovation Fund, and the Bywater Family Fund for Social Justice.


About DeeAnn Spicer:

As an exceptional philosophy student, DeeAnn Spicer has won several prizes in her field, including both recognition from UMBC and nationally competitive honors. Spicer received the Mary Akaras Book Scholarship Award in 2015 and the Evelyn Barker Book Prize from the philosophy department in 2015 and 2016. She won full admission and full funding to the UC San Diego Women in Philosophy Summer Program in 2014 and to the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI) at MIT in 2015. She has also served as a PIKSI Ambassador since 2015, speaking to philosophy majors, undeclared students interested in the major, and philosophy clubs about the summer institute experience.

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About PIKSI:

PIKSI summer institutes are designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study of philosophy. Transportation and lodging are provided; stipends are awarded to all.

Learn: The goal of the program is to show under-represented undergraduate students that they have a place in philosophy. You’ll get a better understanding of what’s out there and how to apply. Engage: During PIKSI, you will attend a variety of seminars that will allow you to engage with philosophers, scholars, peers, and mentors. Build: Throughout the workshop you will interact with a variety of peers and build strong networking friendships that will last a lifetime.

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